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ANC to discuss ConCourt's Zuma judgment at first NEC meeting

ANC to discuss ConCourt's Zuma judgment at first NEC meeting

The body ruled that the South African parliament had not fulfilled its duty to hold Zuma accountable for a scandal in which the president allegedly used public funds to upgrade his home.

In March 2016, the Constitutional Court ruled that Zuma pay back some of the roughly $15 million in state money spent upgrading his private home on a sprawling compound in rural KwaZulu-Natal province.

The scandal came to a dramatic climax when the Constitutional Court past year found the president guilty of violating his oath of office by refusing to pay back the cash.

Earlier‚ the Constitutional Court ruled that the National Assembly had not held Zuma to account as required by the Constitution.

Parliament has started a process to outline a procedure to implement section 89 and will finalized these rules in line with the court's order, it said in an emailed statement.

The parties sought an order declaring that Mbete failed to put in place all appropriate mechanisms to hold Zuma accountable.

In March previous year, the Constitutional Court had found President Zuma guilty of failing to uphold and respect the Constitution by refusing to pay back the money.




Zuma, a former intelligence operative who's ruled Africa's most-industrialized economy since May 2009, has been implicated in a succession of other scandals and the new probe will add to pressure on him to step down before the end of his second and final term in 2019.

He also told Parliament section 89 implicitly imposed an obligation on it to me make rules, which it had failed to.

Zuma, 75, is already in a weakened position after Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was narrowly elected leader of Zuma's ruling African National Congress (ANC) last week - although Zuma's faction still retains key positions in the party and he has already survived no-confidence votes.

It is not the first time Zuma has faced off with the court.

"Concourt ordered the National Assembly to remedy the situation through introducing new rules", said Ben Theron, Chief Operating Officer at OUTA. Dozens of EFF supporters, clad in their trademark red shirts and berets, danced and sang outside the court after the judgment was delivered.

The ANC will study the judgment and discuss its implications when its National Executive Committee meets on January 10, it said in an emailed statement.


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